Ward was signed last offseason to a four-year, $17 million deal. The move, according to Pewter Report, will save the Bucs about $3 million base salary.
Just hours before he was released, Ward spoke to the media about rumors surrounding his release.
“No, it does not bother me at all,” Ward said of rumors about his release. “If I worried about what you guys said in the media I wouldn’t be having a job. I’m just coming out here to play ball and the coach is going to do what is best for the team, which is keep the top-53.”
The Jets are required to get their roster down to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon. They did one better getting down to 74 players by releasing QB Kevin O'Connell on Tuesday morning.
O'Connell was originally a 2008 third round pick by the Patriots before being released last summer. He signed with the Lions and was later traded to the Jets. He hardly impressed in preseason going 8-for-16 for 70 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns.
Going on IR is WR Sinorice Moss, QB Jim Sorgi and LB Adrian Tracy.
Moss has been with the Giants since 2006 and recently had a groin injury that's been slowing him. He had surgery Tuesday morning to repair the problem but his season is still over.
Sorgi, the long-time backup to AB Peyton Manning with the Colts, was signed over the offseason. His IR stint leaves the Giants with QB Rhett Bomar as the backup. They'll take a look at veteran options.
The Giants also put OL Kevin Boothe on Reserve/PUP putting him out for at least the first six weeks of the season. They also waived rookie WR Nyan Boateng.
Coles really wasn't give much of a chance to prove himself, obviously he didn't show Rex enough in training to make him want to keep him around. In his 3rd stint with the Jets, many expected him to provide suitable cover for Santonio Holmes during the first four weeks of the season.
He won't get the opportunity to be Holmes' replacement.
The Jets also released receivers Marcus Henry and Aundrae Allison, as well as defensive lineman Rodrique Wright.
The Bengals signed WR Terrell Owens making some think Bryant would be expendable. At one point he was a candidate to start the season on the PUP list because of injury issues.
In 2008, Bryant signed with the Bucs for the league minimum. The next year the Bucs gave him the franchise tag so, along with his $8 million the Bengals, he's earned nearly $18 million in just one year.